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WorldStart Tech Tips 2012-04-17

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Quick Tip

 

iPad Multi-Touch Gestures

Even though PC users have their shortcuts and keyboard tricks, iPad user shouldn’t feel left out – there are plenty of secrets around every corner.

Today we learn about some of the multi-touch hand gestures Apple included in their latest iOS version.

First, place four or five fingertips on your iPad screen.

Now try this:

Pinch together to back out to the home screen.

Swipe left or right to switch to another open program.

Swipe up to reveal the multi-tasking bar

That oughta take some stress off your Home button!

Note: If multi-touch gestures don’t appear to be working for you, make sure you’re A: Updated to iOS 5 on your iPad, and B: Multi-touch gestures are enabled in your settings panel.

~Andrew

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Announcements

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This Has GOT to STOP!

Aren't you SICK of those IRRITATING "card full" or "buffering" messages that only seem to come up when you're taking important pictures? 

Same goes for when you're using your camcorder - during the most CRUCIAL moments, you get that dreaded "card full" message and you have to stop filming! What's the deal with that?

It's your WEAK memory card with NO space! Oh, or even worse - you're snapping pictures when all of the sudden your camera goes into digital overload and, for what seem like HOURS you're stuck with this message: Buffering: Please wait.

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Sure, you've heard that before...but check this out! If you have a typical 8MP camera, you'll have ZERO PROBLEMS storing 4000 photos! 

Seriously - FOUR THOUSAND PHOTOS!

How great is that gonna be for your next vacation? Pop the card in and forget all about it! 

Now, the REALLY killer part - these aren't your typical 16GB SD cards!

These are High-Speed Class 10 cards! SDHC uses classes to describe how fast the card can read or write. So this 16GB Class 10 card runs at 10MB per second! Now, that's a LOT of fast data transfer!

What's That Mean to You?

Your camera can only take so many photos in a row before its buffer gets full - and when that happens you have to wait for it to empty before you can start taking photos again.

Now, the faster your card, the faster that buffer gets empty and the sooner YOU get back to shooting - and this is gonna help you do exactly that!

Now, when you copy your photos from your card to your computer, you'll see your pictures and videos transfer a whole LOT faster with this card than with other cards! 

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Other Online Retailers Charge HOW Much?

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BRAND NEW - HOT OFF THE LINE PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE!

From Amateur to Pro - This is THE Program to Have!

If You Loved X3, PhotoPlus X4 Will Blow Your Mind!

Forget PhotoShop - This Does Everything That Can Do...

EXCEPT IT'S EASIER TO USE AND A FRACTION OF THE COST!

Crop, Adjust, Retouch, Enhance, Customize and TONS More!

Comes With PanoramaPlus X4 - A FREE Bonus Program!




Your Personal Digital Darkroom - Does Everything You Need and More!

Just $18.97 - an UNBELIEVABLE Value!

 

You No Longer Have to be a Pro...

To produce professional grade photos! Back in the good old days, either you were a skilled photographer or you weren't.  There wasn't much you could do to existing photos in order to make them better. Go ahead and look through your old photo albums...not exactly great, are they?

These days, you have TONS of photos, and the beauty of it is, you can upload them digitally and make HUGE improvements to them.  Technology today allows us to preserve and improve those cherished memories and keep them forever.  There's only one problem...

Most "standard" photo editing software costs a small fortune!  We won't drop any names - chances are, you know who the guilty parties are.  Here at Worldstart, we're constantly searching for the BEST photo editing software at the LOWEST price - without sacrificing on quality.

Everyone LOVED Serif PhotoPlus X3 - and now, we're proud to introduce to you Serif PhotoPlus X4!   Take everything you loved about X3, add even MORE features, more power, keep it easy to use and priced low...and you've got yourself a winner! Check this out!

Brand New.  Insanely Good.  

Most of us use photo editing software for the small things.  You know, like removing blemishes, fixing red eye, getting rid of blurriness - mainly cosmetic things.  Well, not only does Serif X4 have an AMAZING PhotoFix Studio, it's got a TON of other powerful features, and we're going to go over just some of them below - read on and fall in love!

And just keep in mind that other photo editing software with this kind of power and this many features will cost you hundreds...this one doesn't even come close to that perverse excuse for a price!

PhotoFix Studio - Your One-Stop Fix-All!

In a matter of minutes, you can make any photo look it's best using the PhotoFix Studio.  This allows you to make a number of common adjustments in a flash!  Red eye?  GONE!  Blemishes, blurriness, washed-out skin tones - fix those problems in seconds!

Everybody knows the camera always seems to highlight our worst flaws when getting a picture taken - PhotoFix Studio eliminates those problems in seconds!

It also allows you to adjust white balance exposure, lighting curves, film emulation and more - just wait until you get to use it!

Single out any and all issues and make them disappear with ease!

Cropping Made Easy - Really Easy!

Aside from fixing cosmetic issues with photos, easily the other most common feature we look for in a good photo editing software is the cropping.  Ever take a photo that turned out near perfect, if not for something you just don't like in the background?  Crop it out!

Sometimes, there's a certain aspect of a photo that we'd like to single out and focus on.  This often leads to cropping and resizing, and with lesser, inferior programs, something this simple can end up a confusing, out of focus mess!  Well not with Serif X4 - it makes cropping simple!

You'll notice that this NEW version of X4 gives you cropping with Drag & Click guides and the Rule of Thirds Grid to give you that PERFECT picture composition:

Looking For Effects?  Get a Load of This!

From amateur to pro, you're gonna LOVE this!  The Effects Gallery allows you to have your pick of a huge variety of effects that you can add to a given picture.  You can choose from filters like Black & White, oil painting, impressionist, pencil drawing - and TONS of others!
 
It's simple to use and very user friendly.  The Effects Filter allows you to customize your photos and add a unique effect in a variety of ways - and it provides a simple drop down menu that provides quick examples of what each one can do.  You'll have a blast putting different effects on different photos, and the results really are professional grade!
 
Simply Select an Effect:                              And Let it Blow Your Mind!
                    

 

Idiot Proof History Menu - Go Back to the Original Any Time You Need!

Ok, so you're not a professional photographer.  Neither are we - but with Serif PhotoPlus X4, you can do anything you want to existing photos, and go back to the original any time you need to.

For example, lets say you're working on a photo and it's nearly perfect.  Until you make a change that you thought would enhance it, when really it didn't create the effect you were looking for.  Now lets say that you did that multiple times, and you really just want to go back to the original and start over.  You are learning, after all.

Most photo editing software only allows you to go back ONE single step - you're out of luck if you need to go back more.  Well, the fine folks at Serif don't like to limit their customers, and they understand that we're not all pro's.  So THIS particular history menu allows you to go back as far as you need - from one step, all the way back to the beginning!

That's just one more feature that makes this the BEST photo editing software for everyone - from pro's to amateurs!

A Finished Product That'll Impress ANYONE!

Observe the image to your left.  This shows you the end results using just some of the features we've been talking about!  Here we took a dark, hard-to-see photo with redeye, washed-out skin tones and, obviously, too much darkness - and completely transformed it.

Using a combination of the PhotoFix Studio, Text Layers, Layer Effects and Drop Shadow, we were able to take a poor photo with potential, and turn it into a beautiful keepsake memory of Easter morning!

The real shocker?  How fast and easy it was to make this photo shine!  Once you familiarize yourself with this program, you'll realize that the possibilities are virtually endless.

The user-friendly interface really helps to walk you through whatever it is you're trying to do, and in no time you won't even need to use it - you'll just know how!  

 

That's one of the things that really sets Serif apart from the other programs - It's fast, easy, and extremely effective...and you don't need to know anything about photography to successfully use it!

There's TONS of Great Features - We Merely Scratched the Surface!

Hey, it would take FOREVER to write an entire section about each of the features in this program!  You'd be reading this thing forever.  So instead, look below for a quick summary of some more of the outstanding features you're getting with this program.  This thing is STACKED - and these are just some of the highlights!

Raw Studio: this allows you to edit raw images before they're even produced!  Take care of any and all adjustments, like noise reduction and poor exposure. Get your color tone balance correct the first time around by adjusting white balance, exposure and black point - all from one menu!  You can even create your own custom text and effects.

HDR Photo Merge: this is AWESOME.  It allows you to merge photos that contain different or contrasting exposures.  You can customize the color range to create impressive, stunningly beautiful images by merging two or more images together.  Go ahead and further adjust it after you're done for complete customizations.

Pen & Paint Tools: ready to really get creative?  Choose from tons of textures and multiple paint brushes to draw on your digital photos, add in drop shadow, and finish it off with your own text - your photos can be anything you want them to be!

Serif PhotoPlus X4 even makes it easy to manage your existing photos.  Import and export from any location, and catergorize, tag and rate them from one location.  No matter how many photos you have, you'll be able to sort through them in no time!  And don't forget how easy it is to share them with the world!  You can even upload them onto Google Maps, add Geo Tags and send them to anyone!

FREE Bonus Program: PanoramaPlus X4!

That's right - this is a FREE bonus program that comes with Serif PhotPlus X4!  You can easily create stunning panoramic photos by putting several different images together!  Imagine being on a ski trip in gorgeous Colorado - you're at the top of the slope and you've taken several stunning skyline shots.  Sure, each photo is beautiful, but you want a panoramic shot of everything together.  Guess what - it's easy to do and this program comes as a bonus FOR FREE!  

         

Powerful Photo Editing Software - Amazing Price!

You'd think a photo editing program of this quality would run you several hundred dollars (cough...photoshop...ahem...)

Well...not at Worldstart! Today, you can get this cutting edge, top of the line photo editing software for just$18.97 with FREE US shipping! That's an amazing deal, and your photos are going to thank you for it!

PS - The quantity is EXTREMELY limited! This program will be gone Wednesday , so if you don't grab it today, you're gonna miss out on the DEAL OF A LIFETIME




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Computers 101

 

Charles from AR writes:

Why is it that sometimes you need to use www when going to a web site and on others you have to leave off the www?

Hi, Charles – thanks for the question!

In short, a website name is converted using a DNS (Domain Name System) server which translates www.worldstart.com into a series of numbers called an IP address. This address tells your Internet connection where on the Internet the website can be found.

However, some website DNS records are configured to allow you to type either www.website.com or just website.com, while others are configured that only www.website.com will go to the website.

Hope this helps!

~Tim 

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On The Move

 

Changing Your Android Wallpaper

It’s amazing how far technology has come in such a short time. It seems every few years some shiny new invention changes the way we see the world. Smartphones are the latest of these game changing technological wonders.  Sleek, stylish, powerful, and almost completely customizable.  The layout of the homepage on your android phone says a lot about you, in fact the only thing that says more is the picture behind it.

Here are a couple ways to change the wallpaper on smartphones using the Android operating system. 

On a blank area of the home screen, lay your finger down gently across the screen for 3-5 seconds. A menu will pop up. From this menu select wallpapers.  

 

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From The Archives

 

Jim from Hernando Beach FL asks:

When printing, the box pops up for you to choose printer. In that box there is a little square to check that says “print to file”. How do you print to a file?

Why Print to File

Printing to a file is useful for documents that need to be printed at a commercial printer. After you print to a file, layout information is stored in the file. This file is then used by the commercial printer to produce the print. To print the document or photo, the commercial printer does not need to have the software through which you created the document. For example, suppose you have created an amazing eBook using Microsoft Word or Adobe Illustrator. To reproduce hard copies of the eBook, commercial printers do not need Microsoft Office or Adobe Illustrator installed in their systems. All they need is the “print to file”.

Let’s see how this is done. I’ll use a document created in Microsoft Word 2007 as an example.

Step 1: Create the document that you would like to send to a commercial printer.

Step 2: Click File > Print > Print, as shown below.

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Today's Feature

 

Photoshop Elements: Layers

This article–the third in a series about Photoshop Elements–examines adding layers; an extremely useful and versatile feature, which offers many creative opportunities. There are several ways to add layers, but the two ways that I use most often will be described here. Once you’ve added layers, move them around; adjust their sizes, color, brightness and contrast. In other words, have fun. Click the links below for the first two articles in this series.

Part One: The Basics

Part Two: Crop and Lighting

Download the free Elements trial here.

To provide an example of editing possibilities, the fish tank in the image below is part of an ongoing project. Eventually, this (or a variation of it) will be painted on a wall inside a local business at 8′ x 15′. To prepare the proposal, several dozen photographs were taken at the aquarium of a nearby zoo. From those, a few were selected and cleaned up (backgrounds removed, contrast and lighting adjusted, etc.).  After that, a proportionally correct (8” x 15”) image was created in Elements, with the edited photos added as layers. The advantage of doing it this way is that individual layers (each fish, the coral, and anything else that might be added) can be moved, resized, or manipulated in any way. For example, if I decide the shark should be moved further into the background, its image can be reduced, darkened, and diffused.

kevin_elements_layers_1

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Amanda's Coolsite

 

HTML5 Gendered Advertising Remixer

The HTML5 Gendered Advertising Remixer turned out to be one of the most fun media sites I’ve checked out in a while. I think as a whole we know that advertising is ridiculously gendered so that the products sell to the right marker, but what I discovered is how hilarious it is when you use the remixer to swap the gender of the advertisements.

Basically you are offered a selection of commercials for boys and girls selling toys and you can swap either the video or the audio with the remixer. To get started you need to pick a commercial from each side to mash up! To play the video click the green Mash Up button. After watching your mash up you can swap the video and sound so it is reversed by clicking the blue Swap button. To start all over with different videos click the red Clear button.  

My favorite mashup is the boys commercial for the pirate ship (boy’s side: first column, third video) with the peacock Barbie commericial for girls (girl’s side: first column, fourth down). The sound from the pirate commercial plays over the video of the Barbie commercial and at one point it look like the dog is talking! It’s so funny! 

http://www.genderremixer.com/html5/#

~Amanda

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One More Big Deal

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It never seems to fail...whenever I need to charge my cell phone seems to be the time that I'm stuck without power. If you've ever needed to make an important phone call, but you're cell phone was completely dead - you need this.

And...why is it that your USB rechargeable device (phone, camera, GPS, MP3 player/iPod, camcorders, Bluetooth devices & more) always seem to die when you're nowhere near a computer or outlet to recharge? It just seems to always happen that way for some coincidental reason.

That's why I love this Kodak Solar-Powered Battery Charger! Just hook up your USB charging device to this and it'll give ya up to 33 hours of additional run time!

What an ingenious device! (Green, too!)

It's a perfect solution to take camping, fishing, to the beach ...practically anywhere! You'll be able to charge digital cameras, MP3 players, and all sorts of other chargeable electronic devices! This Kodak Solar-Powered Battery Charger converts both SUNLIGHT & LAMPLIGHT into electricity!

Heck, there's even a fold-out stand, so you can get optimal solar positioning!

Now THAT'S impressive!

And it's only $16.97 plus FREE US shipping! Don't blow $40 at kodak .com - grab yours from us today for just $16.97 !

What a price!!

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PS - Head to the site and grab your's ASAP - before the price heads up to $29.97!




 

Monthly Wallpaper

April Wallpaper!

Hey, no foolin' - April's wallpaper is ready to go!

All the desktop wallpaper below is 100% free.

Devil's Bathtub

Had to get a little wet for this one. Waded out into the (surprisingly cold) water and setup a tripod to capture the shot. This was the morning after a rainy day and there was... (more)

Bison Calf And Flower

I found this little guy roaming along the roadside with his mom (and about 300 other bison) in Custer State Park, SD. He was pretty playful and cooperative, so I stuck with him for a bit just to see what would happen. Glad I did! He discovered this thistle and flower and just couldn’t stop messing with it. At first, he was... (more)

Apple Tree Flower

This one is pretty simple. I don’t do a ton of macro shots, but in the spring, I just can’t seem to resist dragging out the 200mm macro lens and hitting the blossoms a bit. The tree I found was just full of new flowers, but I wanted something special. I noticed as the sun rose, the light spilled... (more)

It can all be found here:

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/wallpaper/

Enjoy!

~Steve

 

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